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Aquilegia canadensis

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Plant Type:
Shade to Part Sun
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Garden Height:
24-36 Inches
Garden Spread:
12-18 Inches
  • Quintessential woodland wildflower
  • Cheery red flowers early in spring
  • Re-seeds occasionally without being invasive

Aquilegia canandensis has beautiful spurs of flowers that are red with yellow centers. It is easily grown in average, well drained soil. The leaves are very delicate looking and add great texture to the landscape. This is fantastic spring blooming perennial that attracts hummingbirds. Eastern U.S. native.

Uses: Borders, Containers, Cottage Gardens, Flower Beds, Landscapes, Naturalizing, Woodland Gardens
Nature Attraction: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance: Deer, Rabbits, Leaf Miners
Notable Features: Cut Flower, Native
Growth Habit: Mounding

Homeowner Growing Tips: Grow in shade to part sun in average to moist, well drained soil; tolerant of alkaline soils & poor soils. Avoid rich soils; do not overfertilize. Deadheading may encourage additional blooming. Foliage may deteriorate with the heat of summer (or from sawflies), and may be cut to the ground at that point. May re-seed; scatter seeds in autumn after summer heat abates.


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